This past week, both the Dubai-based Emirates LitFest (March 4-8 2014) and the Sharjah Book Fair (November 6-16 2013) released their programs; both of which are filled with big literary names.
Images courtesy of a mystery photographer and the Twitter feed of @ShjIntlBookFair:
International publishers are meeting in Sharjah again this year, the thirty-first year of its international book fair, although only the fourth in its new guise as one of the world’s important trade fairs. The Sharjah fair — in some ways… Read More ›
Today, the Sharjah International Book Fair’s pre-fair professional program wrapped up with a few speeches, an interesting (brief) presentation from Jon Malinowski about PubMatch.Com, and a pair of “matchmaking” sessions. The idea behind these matchmaking sessions was to pair publishers, agents,… Read More ›
Last week, Ahmed Al Amri, the director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, announced the opening of a $300,000 translation fund to celebrate the fair’s 30th anniversary.
Zeinab al-Mansi and I asked around—hey, what do you think of the government-organized book fairs?—and got a number of different answers.
Meanwhile, the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) seems to have caught the crazy virus, and is planning to hold a make-up, semi-international book fair during Ramadan. That is, in August. And not on the fairgrounds, but on Faisal Street.
The AFP reported yesterday that “Iraq concludes first book fair in 20 years.”
The Tahrir book fair—which experienced disappointing sales on its first day—closed early today because of the demonstrations.
True: It’s tiresome to hear how the Arabic reading world needs its own Janet Evanovich or its own Martin Luther or its own Margaret Mitchell, as though—to achieve legitimacy—cultures must be dead-on mirrors of the Western experience.